If you’ve ever gotten leather boots for the first time and found them to be stiff, you might have thought something was wrong with them or that they simply did not fit. In truth, this is simply a result of how leather naturally feels when it is new and unworn – it’s important to know that the beautifully soft and supple leather boots of a friend you tried on didn’t start their life like that either. In this article, we take a look at a few simple ways you can encourage your new leather boots to soften up.
The breaking in process
Whether it be a new pair of rugged RM Williams work boots or an expensive pair of delicate pair of dress boots, the leather that your boots is made of will not be the most pleasant thing to put on your feet immediately.
This is because high quality leather is always stiff (which is why cheap leather shoes are already soft), and unfortunately it takes a while for them to stop being so rigid. Still, this is a sign of high quality leather and an indication that your leather boots will be worn for years – or even decades – to come if properly looked after.
But to ensure that that stiff leather becomes nice to wear, your boots need to be broken in. you might have heard this expression before when it comes to leather, but breaking in means to stretch the leather of the boot around your foot. Although it’s not going to be pleasant the first few times you wear the boots, the gradual breaking in process will create a mould around your specific foot to eventually make wearing your boots something to actually look forward to.
Plus, the more you wear them, the quicker they will get to this stage, so rather than wearing them out only to get a lot of blisters, instead just wear them around the house at home and take them off when they start getting uncomfortable.
Maintenance makes boots softer
Good boot care can also be a very beneficial way for you to soften up the leather more quickly than it otherwise would. By hydrating the leather with boot creams and high quality leather cleaners, the leather will absorb the materials and they will be wonderfully nourished as a result.
These products therefore work in the same way as a moisturiser does for your skin – they penetrate dry and stuff organic material to make them much softer, and this approach is also the key to ensuring your boots hold up in the long-run.
This is because over time, they will dehydrate (again, just like your skin), and will require regular reapplications of special cleaners, oils and creams specifically designed for boots.
Not long now until you have soft boots!
It’s unfortunate that Quality Leather Boots Don't Soften up Quickly, but helping keep in mind that it will result in some incredibly comfortable footwear that you can wear for years should hopefully give you even incentive to push through.
Just remember – maintaining your boots regularly is not only a great way to soften them up but it will help the leather of your boots stay in a much better condition for a longer time.